medieval romance

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“Flamenca” at #Kzoo2016 (1): before the climactic event, an introduction to international medievalist congress

The Old Occitan Romance of Flamenca has long been known, to Occitanists and other similarly fine noble persons of taste and distinction as A Good Thing. And fine, noble, etc.

It has been growing in repute. Part of that is its availability in four new paperback editions and translations, all in the last ten years. In Medievalist, publication, and book-historical terms this is Major.

Here’s a rough list, in chronological order, of editions and translations. (more…)

Medievalising “The Fall” (2): further intertextuality

Further, that is, to “Medievalising The Fall and power-pointing” (24 September 2015).

Three things:


In a most curious bit of genius casting, the actress (Laura Donnelly) who plays the first murder victim, Sarah Kay, in the first two episodes of the first season of The Fall also appears elsewhere as a the love-interest of a character played by the actor who will be Tom Anderson, Stella Gibson’s love-interest in the last two episodes of the second season.


That other character was Merlin in the eponymous BBC TV series. Should that trigger some audience expectations for development of the Anderson character in series three?

Adding an incestuous frisson, the actor (John Lynch) who plays Merlin’s father Balinor also plays one of Stella Gibson’s ex-lovers, Jim Burns.


If that weren’t already curious enough, here’s what Laura Donnelly’s character Freya turns into at midnight every night (like the previous screenshot, still taken from Merlin season 2 episode 9): (more…)

On writing and cross-overs

Two things, which intersect: twitter and blogging.


I’ve recently reconnected my Twitter account, after letting it lapse and moulder for some time. I had only Twittered around passively in between, reading, mostly short items first read about via other sources and keeping up to date with a conference (or a parallel session) through its # coverage and updates. Twitter has changed over the years and continues to do so. I’m curious to see how (why too, like any other historically- and speculatively-minded reader) and what this means for short-form writing and how it interacts with long-form. You’ll see that most of the Twitterers I’m “following” are comedians; this is partly to see how they work in short-form. (more…)